The Mountain Shadow

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts published in 2015 is the sequel to the best seller Shantaram. Both books recount the fictionalized autobiography of the author who escaped from prison in Australia and fled to Mumbai (Bombay), India. The following passage from the book features the sage Idriss lecturing on a mountain top in Mumbai.

“‘Oppression is the spiritual language of tyranny,’ Idriss said.
The students began to mumble, wakening to Idriss’s chant.
‘Hypocrisy is the spiritual language of greed,’ Idriss continued.
‘Ruthlessness is the spiritual language of power, and bigotry is the spiritual language of fear.’
‘Are you taking notes, Randall?’ I asked, as Idriss took a breath.
‘Aye, aye sir,’ he replied.
‘Violence is the spiritual language of hate,’ Idriss said, ‘and arrogance is the spiritual language of vanity.'”

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GOP old tricks

When the GOP decided in January, 2009, to oppose President Obama’s every initiative, it was not a new play in the GOP playbook. In 1919, the GOP leadership in the Senate decided to defeat the Treaty of Versailles, even before it was negotiated. Henry Cabot Lodge refused to work with Woodrow Wilson and used the League of Nations as an excuse to oppose the Treaty.

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Thanks, Obama

Thanks, Obama, My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt published in 2017. I highly recommend this book to Obama supporters who want to see the Obama years from the perspective of one of his writers. Litt worked first for Valerie Jarrett and then transitioned to writing for the President. He specialized in comedy and this book is a joy to read.

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